2013 Guangzhou Class Group Picture

Program Overview

This program is accredited for 50 training hrs towards the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) program by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine (FL, USA), Chi Institute of Europe (Madrid, Spain), Chi Institute of Australia (Perth, Australia) and Chi Institute Taiwan (Pingtung, Taiwan). It is equivalent to the first two sessions of the regular 5-session Basic Acupuncture program. Students can choose to take either the Small Animal or Equine track. Graduates from this program may continue their study of the remaining 3 sessions at any of the above organizations for the diploma of CVA. To enroll in this course you must be either a license veterinarian or you must have completed at least one year of school at an accredited college of veterinary medicine (CVM) by the start date of the course.

Course Objectives
  • Understand the fundamental principles of veterinary acupuncture;
  • Learn the top 78 acupuncture points (acupoints) in dogs or the top acupoints in horses;
  • Master the use, indications and contraindications of dry needling, aqua-acupuncture, moxibustion and electro-acupuncture;
  • Learn using acupuncture for treatment of arthritis, neurological, reproductive, gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders in dogs or horses. 

Main Speakers and Instructors
  • Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, USA
  • Bruce Ferguson, DVM, MS, CVA President of the American Association of TCVM, Director of the Chi Institute Australia, Australia
  • Reed Holyoak, DVM, PhD, CVA Interim Department Head and Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University, USA
  • Mushtaq Memon, BVSc, MSc, PhD, CVA Associate professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University, USA
  • Lauren Frank, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CCRT Clinician, Physical Rehabilitation Services, University of California, Davis campus, USA
  • Aituan Ma, DVM, PhD Professor, University of Hebei, College of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, China
  • Larry McCaskill, DVM, CVA Clinician, Integrative Medicine/TCVM referral Practice, Jefferson Animal Hospital, USA
Location and Accommodation
  • Offered at the College of Veterinary Medicine, South China Agricultural UniversityGuangzhou, 75 miles from Hong Kong.
  • Tuition covers instruction and handout; breakfast and lunch on each class day; welcome dinner on May 20th; farewell dinner party on May 25th; double occupancy hotel room at a four star hotel from May 19th to 25th, 2015 (check out on May 26th); Guangzhou airport or train station pick-up and drop-off; daily transportation to the classroom and lab; tour, event and activities during the class.
  • Single occupancy hotel room is available for $300 extra.
Required Reading

To order books, call 1-800-891-1986

By Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD and Vanessa Preast, DVM, PhD

By Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD and Vanessa Preast, DVM, PhD

Reference Books

Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine - by Dr. Allen Schoen
Four Paws, Five Directions - by Cheryl Schwartz, DVM
The Foundations of Chinese Medicine - by Giovanni Maciocia, Cac
The Web that Has No Weaver - by Ted J. Kaptchuk, OMD
Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion - by Cheng Xinnong
Chinese Veterinary Herbal Handbook - by Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD


Chinese Culture/Acupuncture Scholarship for CVM Students
Are you a student who has completed at least one year of Veterinary Medical School? If so, you are eligible to apply for the Chi Institute Chinese Culture/Acupuncture Scholarship! This scholarship will be awarded to up to 15 qualifying applicants for $1,322 towards to the tuition of the 2015 Acupuncture program hosted in Guangzhou, China!

Evaluation Criteria:
  • Students of Veterinary Medical Schools, a copy of student ID is required.
  • One letter of recommendation from the student's CVM faculty.
  • Participation in the TCVM Knowledge Contest.
  • Personal Statement of interest in TCVM.
  • To apply for this scholarship, please visit our scholarship page to download the application.

Students locating acupoints on a dog
in the 2013 Guangzhou Class wet lab.
Dr. Bruce Ferguson lecturing during the 2013 Guangzhou Class

Dr. Bruce Ferguson lecturing during the 2013 Guangzhou Class.

Guangzhou students practicing pulse diagnosis techniques.

Dr. Holyoak will now lead equine wet labs.

Students enjoying a banquet during the 2013 Guangzhou Class.

Drs. Holyoak and Memon demonstrating the electroacupuncture unit to students
during the 2013 Guangzhou Class.

Students and Faculty enjoying the tour during the 2013 Guangzhou Class.

One of the beautiful views on the riverboat tour during the 2013 Guangzhou Class

Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) Diploma Completion Options

The following options are available to receive your Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist diploma after completing the Small Animal/Equine Acupuncture class in Guangzhou, China:

1. Attend the Chi Taiwan Small Animal Acupuncture Class, Sessions 3-5 in Pingtung, Taiwan, if you are a Chinese-speaking student.*

Chi Taiwan's Sessions 3-5 are a combination of online lectures and on-site wet labs and lectures. The online lectures, written exam and lecture notes are in English. The on-site lectures, lab discussions and tutoring are in Chinese.
* Proficiency in Mandarin is required for this program.

2. Attend the Chi Europe 2015 Acupuncture Class Sessions 3-5 in Spain

This program offers the basic acupuncture course in the mixed practice track. Learn from Dr. Lorena Lloret. Session 3 is online, while Sessions 4 and 5 are offered on-site at the Chi campus in Madrid, Spain. 

3. Attend the Chi Australia 2015 Acupuncture Class Sessions 3-5 in Australia

This course is offered in the small animal track and is taught by Dr. Bruce Ferguson. Session 3 is online, while Sessions 4 and 5 are offered on-site at the Chi campus in Two Wells, SA. 

4. Attend the Chi USA 2015 Fall Acupuncture Class Sessions 3-5 in Reddick, FL, USA

This is the normal set-up of Chi's Basic Acupuncture Program. Session 3 is online, while Sessions 4 and 5 are offered on-site at the main Chi campus in Reddick, Florida and taught by Dr. Shen Xie.